STUDENTS LEARN IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY

STUDENTS LEARN IMPORTANCE OF ROAD SAFETY

Did you know that around half of all serious speeding, crashes happen at less than 10km/h above the speed limit?

Did you know that speeding fatalities and hospitalised casualties cost Queenslanders approximately $612 million dollars a year?

The Bruce Highway between Miriam Vale and Gin Gin in Queensland is notorious for traffic incidents, particularly high-speed crashes. Last year, 30 people were killed and 1,352 people were seriously injured across Queensland as a result of driver distraction.

It is for this reason, during 2019 Queensland Road Safety Week, police from Miriam Vale took the opportunity to remind local students at Miriam Vale and Bororen Schools how to make good choices when it comes to road safety.

That includes even the simplest of things like safely crossing the road.

Senior Constable Kelly Humphries from Miriam Vale Police says it’s important to remember to be safe at all times. “It is easy to forget yourself when your hungry or tired and want to get home,” Senior Constable Humphries said. “It’s easy to pick up the phone if it rings or if you want to reply to someone if they have sent you a message. The truth is, it only takes a split-second decision that can cost yours or someone else’s life.” The message is simple, everyone makes mistakes, but it takes all of us working together to make the roads as safe as possible.

This includes wearing your seatbelt, obeying the speed limit, refraining from using handheld devices while driving, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and ensuring you rest and pay attention to what’s going on around you.

Queensland Police encourage all road users to make sure they are staying vigilant and doing their part in keeping roads safe for everyone.